Homeboykris Works Out
Homeboykris posts first work under Twin Spires
The Richard Dutrow Jr.-trained HOMEBOYKRIS (Roman Ruler) posted a three-quarter move on Wednesday in 1:14 4/5 under jockey Julien Leparoux after the renovation break at Churchill Downs.
Churchill clockers caught the work, which was the first officially timed move for the bay colt under the Twin Spires, in fractions of :12 4/5, :25 2/5, :38, :50 1/5 and 1:02 2/5. He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:28.
"I liked the work," Dutrow said. "I'm very happy with him. I have been high on this horse since the beginning. Julien worked him a couple of times in Florida and he was happy with the work and said he got over the track very well."
Homeboykris will be looking for his first win in the May 1 Kentucky Derby (G1) since capturing the Champagne S. (G1) last October. He has since recorded a pair of fifth-place runs in the Remsen S. (G2) and Holy Bull S. (G3), and was last seen on February 27 finishing second in an allowance at Gulfstream Park.
Among those watching the work was Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, part of the ownership who drove down from Cincinnati where his club is having a three-game series against the Reds.
"This is great to come down here and see all of this," said Torre, who will be occupied Derby Day with a home game in Los Angeles against the Pirates.
"The layoffs have worked both ways in recent years," Torre said about the break since Homeboykris' last race. "I have a lot of confidence in Rick Dutrow and everything with this horse is positive. He is gradually getting him ready for this race."
Dutrow, who won the 2008 Kentucky Derby with Big Brown, considers ESKENDEREYA (Giant's Causeway) as the horse to beat this year.
"I wish I had him. He is far and away the horse to beat," Dutrow said. "With Big Brown, I was on Cloud Nine because I knew he was the horse to beat. All the owners with this horse are on Cloud Nine to be here and 'Homeboy,' if he runs his race and gets a good trip, he can beat a lot of these horses."
Dutrow said Homeboykris would have a three-eighths or half-mile work next week to complete his major training for Derby 136.
In other Kentucky Derby news:
The Todd Pletcher squad was out in full force Wednesday morning as four of the trainer's Todd Pletcher's five likely Kentucky Derby starters, as well as two Kentucky Oaks (G1), possibilities were on the track at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) after the morning renovation break.
"I couldn't send them all out at the same time because I don't have that many people," Pletcher said. "MISSION IMPAZIBLE (Unbridled's Song) came out early and galloped mile and quarter like all of them."
Kevin Willey was on Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Mission Impazible and later partnered SUPER SAVER (Maria's Mon) as he has since the colt arrived at Churchill following his neck runner-up effort in the Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 10. Mission Impazible arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday from South Florida along with Wood Memorial (G1) hero Eskendereya, Risen Star S. (G2) victor DISCREETLY MINE (Mineshaft) and dual Grade 3 scorer RULE (Roman Ruler).
Carlos Cano was aboard Eskendereya, Obed Perez was on Discreetly Mine and Patti Barry piloted Rule.
"They will all work this weekend sometime, but I am going to keep an eye on the weather," Pletcher said. "Ideally some will work Saturday and some on Sunday."
Arkansas Derby hero LINE OF DAVID (Lion Heart) will be reunited with jockey Rafael Bejarano in the Kentucky Derby. Bejarano, who has won two riding titles outright and shared a third at Churchill Downs, has been aboard Line of David twice and won both times. Jon Court rode Line of David to victory in the Arkansas Derby.
"It was a scheduling thing," trainer John Sadler said of the Arkansas Derby that was run the same day as the Blue Grass S. (G1) in which Bejarano rode Interactif (Broken Vow). "(Bejarano) and Joel Rosario ride most of my horses anyway and he had worked this horse a half a dozen times this winter."
Line of David walked the shedrow at Barn 42 on Wednesday morning, a day after working five furlongs in 1:02. The chestnut colt is scheduled to have his final Kentucky Derby work on Monday.
"Bejarano is taking the 'redeye' Sunday night and probably will work him Monday," Sadler said. "I imagine he will stay in Louisville because he rides Blind Luck (Pollard's Vision) in the Oaks and I doubt he would go back for one day."
Sadler's other Kentucky Derby hopeful, Santa Anita Derby (G1) king SIDNEY'S CANDY (Candy Ride [Arg]), galloped after the renovation break under Lupillo Alferez. Sidney's Candy, who will be ridden in the Derby by Joe Talamo, is expected to work Saturday.
Grade 3 hero PADDY O'PRADO (El Prado [Ire]), runner-up in the Blue Grass over the synthetic Polytrack at Keeneland, turned in another routine gallop under exercise rider Faustino Aquilar. Paddy O'Prado is scheduled to work on Saturday, but trainer Dale Romans is keeping and eye on the sky and weather forecasts and could make a change.
"Paddy could go Friday if it looks like the weather is going to be really bad," Romans said.
Current forecasts call for showers and thunderstorms on Saturday.
Grade 1 scorer DUBLIN (Afleet Alex) jogged two miles under Arielle Witkowski while trainer D. Wayne Lukas kept pace alongside on a pony after the renovation break.
Bay Shore S. (G3) winner EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY (Forest Camp) visited the starting gate under Nick Santagata and then galloped 1 1/4 miles after the renovation break. The bay colt is expected to run in Saturday's Derby Trial (G3) in hopes of securing enough graded stakes earnings to make the Kentucky Derby field.
Sunland Park Derby (G3) victor ENDORSEMENT (Distorted Humor) galloped 1 1/2 miles after the renovation break under trainer Shannon Ritter and is scheduled to work Sunday.
Florida Derby (G1) winner ICE BOX (Pulpit) galloped after the renovation break under Dennis Chavez and Wood Memorial runner-up JACKSON BEND (Hear No Evil) galloped before the break under Carlos Correa.
Trainer Nick Zito plans to work Ice Box toward the end of the week. Jose Lezcano has the Derby mount. Jackson Bend, with $230,000 in graded stakes earnings, is in danger of not earning a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate because of lack of graded earnings. If Jackson Bend makes the field, Mike Smith will ride.
Grade 2 victor BACKTALK (Smarty Jones) galloped 1 1/2 miles under Maurice Sanchez before the renovation break. The Tom Amoss trainee, who has $225,916 in graded stakes earnings, would need a couple of defections from the roster of likely Kentucky Derby starters to earn a spot in the starting gate that is reserved to the 20 horses with the highest graded stakes earnings.
"It is looking less and less like May 1," said Amoss, who has not plotted a possible next course of action for Backtalk if he does not make the Kentucky Derby field.
Lane's End S. (G2) hero DEAN'S KITTEN (Kitten's Joy) and Blue Grass upsetter STATELY VICTOR (Ghostzapper) both galloped Wednesday morning at the Trackside Louisville with Marvin Jiminez handling the moves in the saddle. Trainer Mike Maker plans to work both colts at Trackside on Saturday.
AMERICAN LION (Tiznow), winner of the Illinois Derby (G3), arrived at Churchill Downs around 1:20 p.m. following a late morning departure on a van ride from Keeneland. The Eoin Harty trainee is stabled in Barn 41.
Gotham S. (G3) winner AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again) was doing well on Wednesday morning, one day after he worked six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 under Derby rider Leparoux.
"We're all good here," said Wayne Tanner, assistant to trainer Jeremy Noseda. Noseda remains stuck in England, unable to fly because of flight restrictions from volcanic activity in Iceland.
"I think they are going to start clearing some of the backlog Friday and the plan is for him to be here on the 28, next Wednesday," Tanner said.
Grade 1-placed stakes winner MAKE MUSIC FOR ME (Bernstein) jogged a mile at Churchill under exercise rider Andy Durnin after the renovation break on his first day at Churchill Downs. Sixth in his most recent start in the Blue Grass, Make Music for Me shipped to Churchill Downs on Tuesday after working a half-mile at Keeneland in :46 1/5 on Monday. Trainer Alexis Barba is expected to arrive in Louisville from her Southern California base on Saturday.
Grade 1 victor NOBLE'S PROMISE (Cuvee) came out of his bullet five-furlong work of :59 4/5 on Tuesday morning in good order, according to trainer Ken McPeek. McPeek said the bay would return to the track in the morning.
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